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Name: Elizabeth Austen

Burial Number: 1024

Gender: Female

Occupation: Draper; Dressmaker; Apartment seller.

Born: 00/00/1853

Died: 13/3/1921

Buried: 19/03/1921

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Elizabeth was born in the small village of Brompton Ralph where her father Robert was a farmer. The 1861 census shows Robert, his wife Elizabeth, children James, Elizabeth, Anne, Robert and Florence plus 2 servants and a shepherd. Elizabeth trained as a draper in Tiverton where she met and married Walter John Austen who was in the same business. By 1881 the couple had moved to Reading, where the first of their seven children were born.
By 1891, the family were living above the shop in Western Road, Hove along with a nurse, servant, milliner, dressmaker and apprentice. After this date, the marriage seems to have fallen apart although the couple never divorced. Walter moved to America and Elizabeth moved in with her sister in Warwick Street, Worthing along with her daughters Elsie, Florence and Eva.
Walter and Elizabeth’s son Aubrey had lived with the family until 1901. The previous year, he had been involved in a cycle accident in Patcham in which a man died. Aubrey sailed to South Africa to work as a gold miner. In 1908, he was working at Simmer Jack East Mine in Germiston when he was killed in a rock fall on 9th May. He was buried in the local cemetery. At the inquest, his father’s address was given as 6 Berwick Park, Boston and his mother’s 9 Thorn Road, Worthing.
Elizabeth lived at Thorn Road with her daughters until her death in 1921. She made a living selling apartments. Probate was granted on 21st May 1921 to Robert Sellick provision merchant. Effects £907.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 11 Plot: 12

Exact Location (what3words): chain.petty.such

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Elizabeth Anne Austin is buried under the headstone for ...ne Potts and Aubrey


...ne Potts Jan 25th 1931 ....years Also Aubrey elder son of the above died in South Africa May 11th 1908

Further Information


Name: Elizabeth Ann Austen

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1853

Town: Brompton Ralph

County: Somerset

Country: England


Maiden Name:Sellick

Marriage Date: 10/5/1879

Spouse First Name: Walter

Spouse Second Name: John

Spouse Last Name: Austen

Town of Marriage: Brompton Ralph

County of Marriage: Somerset

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 13/3/1921

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 9

Address line 3: Thorn Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £907 s d

Current value of effects: £26000.00

Census Information


Courtland Farm, Brompton Ralph, Somerset

Robert aged 49, farmer of 120 acres employing 3 men. Elizabeth aged 43. James aged 9. Elizabeth aged 8. Anne aged 5. Robert aged 3. Florence aged 1. Plus 2 servants and a shepherd.


Fore Street, Tiverton, Somerset.

Elizabeth aged 18, draper’s apprentice in the house of Thomas Patterson, draper.


24 Carnarvon Road, Reading, Berks.

Walter aged 24, draper (buyer). Elizabeth aged 27. Emily aged 1.


22/23 Western Road, Hove, Sussex.

Walter aged 36, silk mercer. Elizabeth aged 38. Emily aged 11. Aubrey aged 9. Elsie aged 8. Florence aged 6. Lilian aged 5. Eve aged 2. Cecil aged 6 weeks. Plus a nurse, 1 servant, a milliner, dressmaker and 1 apprentice.


9 Warwick Street, Worthing.

Elizabeth aged 48, dressmaker. Elsie aged 18, dressmaker. Florence aged 16, dressmaker. Eva aged 12. Living with Florence Lane, sister, widow, ladies outfitter.


9 Thorn Road, Worthing.

Elizabeth aged 58, selling apartments. Emily aged 31, draper’s assistant. Elsie aged 28, at home. Eva aged 22, milliner (draper’s).

Miscellaneous Information

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